Through a combined career as a fantasy artist and author, Janny Wurts has turned her dual talents toward creating a seamless interface, using pictures and words to explore imaginative realms beyond the world we know.
Graduated from Hampshire College with a focus on art and writing, she rented a studio apartment in the carriage house of naturalist Daniel P. Mannix, whose rehabilitation of wild animals allowed a unique opportunity to draw and sketch directly from life. That experience, and a deep love of wilderness settings and space research led to a synergy of inner vision, and the basis of her creative thrust. A self taught painter with a spontaneous technique, she began as freelancer, exhibiting visionary fantasy art and space paintings at conventions across the USA and overseas. Works have been featured as book covers, gaming art, limited edition prints, screensavers, puzzles, greeting cards, calendars, and as the covers of her own novels.
Her paintings have been showcased in exhibitions of imaginative artwork, among them, NASA’s 25th Anniversary exhibit, Delaware Art Museum, Canton Art Museum, as well as Lever House and Hayden Planetarium in New York. Her works have been acknowledged by her peers in five Spectrum Annuals, through two Chesley Awards, a Cauldron Award, and three times received Best of Show at the World Fantasy Convention. One of her paintings is part of the Delaware Art Museum’s collection, and currently hangs in the illustration wing of the Delaware Art Museum.
She has authored nineteen published titles, and twenty nine short stories, most editions and translations bearing her own jacket and interior art. Titles in print from HarperCollins UK, and in audio from Audible currently include the Wars of Light and Shadow Series, To Ride Hell’s Chasm, and the Cycle of Fire trilogy. Additional works include the popular Empire trilogy written in collaboration with Raymond E. Feist.